48 Hours in Milan | Visual Diary

48 Hours in Milan | Visual Diary

The city was sunny and warm with smiley locals everywhere we turned. Milan is beautiful and cris-crossed with trams making exploring the city’s attractions fairly easy but I still cannot put my finger on why I wasn’t too impressed. Perhaps, visiting Lake Garda a few days before might have something to do with it. I was spoiled in the one of Italy’s riviera region, with great lake views within a few steps from my hotel. Relaxing surrounds and fresh food and not the kind that i passed up as fresh just to fool tourists.  If you havent been to any of the towns around Lake Garda then you need to contact EasyJet, BA, RyanAir or whichever airline takes your fancy as this place is stunning! Anyway that’s my next post. 


My 48 hours in Milan. The city named as the fashion capital of Italy. I might be in the minority here, but I wasn’t that impressed with Milan. Sure they have the imposing Duomo with an amazing 3000 statues and 135 spires as the city’s focal point. It also didnt help that there were lots of pigeons and people relentlessly offering you bird seeds to feed the pigeons. I still was not getting that wow factor having walked around the city.



I was exploring the city limits with my sister. Walking around the Parco Sempion, Milan’s large park with lots of landmarks around the greenery. One of these that cannot be missed is the Porta Sempione, the city gate of Milan. Walking through the park we wondered back to Sforza Castle or Castello Sforzesco if you prefer the Italian reference. This also used to be one of Europe’s largest Citadels but now houses museums. Built in the 15th century by Franceso Sforzfa(Duke of Milan).


Transportation in Milan is great but we still managed to get lost once and found a kind local who got us on the correct tram, also paying for our fare which was really kind. We found an opportunity to return the favour via an old Italian couple whose car broke down by a set of traffic lights. You should have seen my sister, the old lady and myself try to push this car along the road while the old man steered. We pushed it a few yards until it was out of the way of traffic. It was a really funny moment as the couple didnt speak English so you can just imagine my sister and I trying to gesture our offer of help to push the car.
We must have worked up an appetite after a day of walking and car chasing(pushing), so returning back to Via Dante, a popular street in Milan lined with shops and sidewalk cafe we looked for a places to chill out, refuel with a little people-watching thrown in. Considering Italy is know for its great food, I was not impressed with the food offerings here. So if you know of a decent place with ‘real’ Italian food please let me know and I will check it out next time I am in Milan.
….Until then…pictures from my 48 hours in Milan are below.
48 Hours in Milan | Visual Diary Duomo
48 Hours in Milan | Visual Diary
48 Hours in Milan | Visual Diary
48 Hours in Milan | Visual Diary

48 Hours in Milan | Visual Diary
48 Hours in Milan | Visual Diary
48 Hours in Milan | Visual Diary Leonardo Statue
Castello Sforzesco Milan
Castello Sforzesco milan
Castello Sforzesco milan
Castello Sforzesco milan
Castello Sforzesco milan
Castello Sforzesco Milan
Castello Sforzesco MIlan

 So have you been to Milan, what was your impression of the city?

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  1. April 29, 2014 / 7:42 am

    I have heard lots of mixed reviews of Milan… I have yet to visit myself though! So funny, I felt like that about Strasbourg – I guess you can't like everywhere! 😀 Great photos! 🙂

  2. April 29, 2014 / 4:50 pm

    I know what you mean about Milan but there are lots of great things about it (as with any Italian city of course!). I love the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and there is a good place to eat in there (can't remember it's name but it has lots of tables and chairs outside). Did you walk on the roof of the cathedral?

    • April 30, 2014 / 8:21 am

      I didnt get a chance to get on the roof but will have to go back for that maybe next year.

  3. April 29, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    Oh Bianca, I am from Milan, give us a shout next time! There's so much more to see and do here beyond the unfriendly surface, and the food is so good. So, when are you coming back?

    • April 30, 2014 / 8:20 am

      Haha, You know what I may just have to come back again. I realise that maybe I didnt give it enough of a chance having been spoiled while visiting Desenzano. I also havent been on the Duomo roof so thats something to look forward too 😀

  4. April 30, 2014 / 9:12 am

    Never been, but the Generali building at the end of your photo essay looks very cool. Sorry to hear the food was disappointing! That was one of my favorite things about Italy, wish Milan had better options for you.

  5. April 30, 2014 / 11:09 am

    Your pictures are beautiful. Can´t believe you couldn´t find decent food in Milan. When I´m in Italy I don´t go to crowded streets or where all the tourists eat I try to find some "hidden" restaurants in streets off the main and crowded streets. You will find great food and if there are mainly Italians/locals in it you know it must be good. 😉

  6. April 30, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    Haven't been to Milan yet, but too bad you didn't get the WOW-factor! That's always a great feeling when you visit a place ;)! Anyway, on the photographs it looks beautiful :)!

  7. April 30, 2014 / 5:54 pm

    Such beautiful buildings! I really want to visit Milan, it looks so pretty! I agree with City Sea County´s advice – always choose a restaurant that´s full of locals!!

  8. April 30, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    It looks beautiful! Milan is on my Bucket list and now I want to go there even more.:) Very nice shots, too 🙂

  9. May 1, 2014 / 6:44 pm

    I really like the architecture – from what you've shown on the pictures – but I've never been to Milan so I have no opinion about the city. But it looks nice 😀

  10. May 7, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    Great photos, Bee! We hitch-hiked Italy last year but we didn't have enough time to go to Milan, such a shame! We love your photos and would like to invite you to participate in the next edition of our Travel Photography Competition. Every week we publish 3 winning shots on our website and write a nice bio with a link to the photographers' websites/FB/Flickr pages.
    Find more details here: http://hitchhikershandbook.com/your-contributions/travel-photography/
    Happy travels!

    • May 8, 2014 / 8:40 am

      Thanks! I will be checking it out and join in the fun.

  11. May 9, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    Thanks so much for a breathtaking beautiful landscape pictures. I felt like I was there for a few mins! Love your outfit as well, red/white, such classic!


  12. May 16, 2014 / 5:36 pm

    Milan sure does look stunning, so I'm surprised that you weren't impressed. I guess that's just how some destinations are. I'd still love to visit. Looking forward to your Lake Garda post.

  13. May 17, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    I have a few friends who live there and they always try to convince me to move. The more photos like these I see, the more I feel the pull of fate.. lol

  14. June 2, 2014 / 3:53 pm

    Nice photographs 😀 It is interesting to hear a different perspective on Milan and I am interested to see how I will feel about the city during my visit this summer 😀

    • June 2, 2014 / 7:41 pm

      Thanks, I certainly hope you enjoy your visit. I look forward to hearing about your thoughts on it.

  15. February 16, 2018 / 4:52 am

    You are one of the few people that think that locals are friendly in Milan, or they might just have been tourists. I only find grumpy faces when I go back home. Glad you had that impression. I feel a little relieved in a way:) )

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